Venetian Gondola Song (1837) in A-Major
Last updated: 16.10.17
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Composer: F. Mendelssohn Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 806
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Length: approx. 2 mins.
Quoting from Dr Scholes excellent The Oxford Companion to Music, a gondola song is a barcarolle supposed to be of the type sung by Venetian gondoliers at their work. They are generally six-in-a-measure time, or in other times in which the beat is divided into three.
This Gondola Song (1837) is not to be confused with three other similarly named songs to be found amongst Mendelssohn's famous Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) of which he wrote some 48 pieces for piano published at intervals between 1832 and 1845 in 6 books.
In this recorder adaptation, the editor makes absurd demands on the second tenor requiring an alternation to bass in bar 25 for just a single quaver. There's purism for you!. The bass player too is made demands on with some high note triplets while the great bass player has plenty to do. All-in-all a beautiful piece and a charming exercise.
A tempo of 90 crotchets/min. is suggested.